Woo wee, that was a fun, fast, furious ride! I just finished up "The Blonde" by Duane Swierczynski, after just starting it a couple of days ago. Yeah, it is short but it is also in that "nearly impossible to put down" category. You just have to see what happens next. I think I'll have to pick up his debut novel, "The Wheelman". I mean, you have to have high hopes for a mystery thriller that starts out:
"I poisoned your drink,"
"You heard me."
"Um, I don't think I did."
The blonde lifted her cosmopolitan. "Cheers."
And then doesn't let you go for a second. The book is very accurately described on the back cover thusly:
It's your typical love story: Boy meets girl. Girl kidnaps boy. Boy loses girl and is pursued by a profiessional killer carrying a decaptitated head in a gym bag.
There's poison, nano-technology, heads blowing up, assinations, puking, cab rides and even a little kinky sex. Swierczynski does a pretty good job of keeping it all straight, although there was a least one gaping logical hiccup. But in a book so short and so fast, I hardly even noticed. If you like mystery/thrillers at all, you owe it to yourself to grab this book!
I'd also like to add a shoutout to lulubird6 for her pointer to Library Elf, a great new web app that interacts with your library and sends you a daily email telling you of the status of your books. It also includes a recommendation for other books that might interest you (what doesn't, these days?). It has already pointed out one overdue book I have. Really nice service!